Hyundai Creta Review: Best in Class Turbo Petrol?

Paddle shifters are first in class, that too with a DCT. This car is playing very smart.

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Hyundai Creta 2020 came back as a polished masterpiece.

Great car to have, especially with 1.4-litre turbo petrol. You'll have paddle shifters for that extra fun above Kia Seltos. The only factor that bother me are the looks, which too are subjective.

Hyundai Creta
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Kia Seltos is not just sharing the platform with Hyundai Creta but the rank too. It's like brothers studying in the same grade; who ever comes 1st, the father (Hyundai) will be proud.

2020 Hyundai Creta Review

Hyundai Creta SUV marked the success of C-Class of SUVs in the Indian car market and became an instant hit with its looks and a huge list of features.

By the year 2020, people have gone crazy behind the performance of their mean machines and hence, car brands in India like Hyundai have listened to that. The 2020 Hyundai Creta has come with a variety of engine options which it also shares with the 2020 Kia Seltos, its brother from another mother.

While VW is known to produce performance-oriented and enthusiasts’ loving DSG or DCT gearboxes (at a premium price though), Hyundai Motors has brought the DCT at a price that we wished.

So, is it good to have the 2020 Hyundai Creta as your future car or should you look for other options, let’s find out.

2020 Hyundai Creta Price in India:

  • Creta Petrol 1.5-litre: Rs. 11,31, 859/- to Rs. 18,30,915/- (On-Road Gurugram)
  • Creta Diesel 1.5-litre: Rs. 11, 31, 859/- to Rs. 19,48,370/- (On-Road Gurugram)
  • Creta Petrol 1.4-litre Turbo: Rs. 18,32,035/- to Rs. 19,48, 370/- (On-Road Gurugram)

2020 Hyundai Creta Mileage (Average for City and Highway):

  • Creta Petrol 1.5-litre: 17.2 KMPL
  • Creta Diesel 1.5-litre: 22.1 KMPL
  • Creta Petrol 1.4-litre Turbo: 18.1 KMPL

Exterior

2020 Hyundai Creta has received a complete makeover from its previous generation. The Creta facelift is based on an all-new platform which is also shared with Kia Seltos.

Talking about the front, the legacy of putting the headlights on the bumper can now be seen on Creta’s face as well. It was Hyundai Venue that started this style and now Creta is following the same by using bi-xenon LED headlights on the front bumper while indicators and LED DRLs on the bonnet line.

The side profile may look somehow similar to the last generation one as it’s quite simple and nothing looks too fascinating except those 17-inch alloy wheels that you can have in 3 shapes.

At the rear, the taillights received a very different shape which looks similar to the headlights. You’ll see a reflector strip that is placed horizontally over the boot and above the Creta badging.

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Interior

The primary objective of the Hyundai Creta Interior or any other car remains the comfort. A car should remain comfortable in all aspects including the seat cushion, legroom, headroom, under-thigh support, ambience, luxury, design, visibility, noise, etc.

Hyundai Creta 2020 interiors mark all checkboxes right as it’s an amazing place to be in. Every single component is placed neatly and you’ll enjoy your ride.

2020 Hyundai Creta Interior Dashboard

The seats are very comfortable and grab you perfectly in it. The dashboard is quite unique and built to suit everyone’s taste. It houses a lot of elements to assist you.

The steering wheel is flat bottom and has a good number of buttons placed on it including cruise control, volume rockers, mode selector, etc. 2020 Creta interiors have also received a 10.25-inch touchscreen display that unlike the free-standing unit in Seltos, remains embedded inside the central control.

For HVAC, Creta has received the AC control as per the variants; the lower variant has a manual AC while the higher ones have automatic climate control units. The new-gen Creta has received an air purifier that blows out the non-toxic air that is free from pollution. At the rear as well, Creta is provided with central AC vents.

In terms of seating comfort at the rear is great and your long drives will remain stressfree. For some fun on the go and to keep your cabin airy, Creta has a panoramic sunroof.

Hyundai Creta 2020 Variants

Hyundai Creta 2020 variants are divided into 5 trims and 3 engines. The 5 Creta Variants are abbreviated as E, EX, S, SX, and SX (O) in the order from base to the highest one.

Furthermore, the Creta car has received 3 engines; 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, and 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engines. Now, the E variant is only available with 1.5-litre diesel while the 1.5-litre is available with EX, S, and SX trims.

This means the base variant of 1.5-petrol is EX and that for 1.5-diesel is E. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol can be purchased in SX and SX(O) variants which are the most feature-rich variants here.

Hyundai India has made each and every variant with feature-rich interiors right from the base variant. Hence, you get a nice and upmarket feel with this car. The list of basic features include:

Standard Features in 2020 Hyundai Creta E Variant

Safety Others
dual airbags Battery saver Front armrest with storage
rear parking sensors Gear shift indicator Electric tailgate release
Day/Night IRVM Electrically adjustable ORVM Rear AC Vents
Front seat belt with Pre-tensioner Body-coloured door handles Luggage lamp
Front seatbelt reminder Flat-bottom or D-Cut steering wheel
Emergency stop signal Follow me home headlamps
Speed alert system Keyless entry
Impact sensing auto door lock Manual AC with Eco coating
Lane change indicator Cooled glove box
Central locking Tyre pressure monitoring system
Dual horn Room lamp
Immobilizer Power windows

Engine, Transmission and Performance

As discussed above, the Hyundai Creta 2020 has 3 engines to choose from. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is a great engine for your daily use and it is refined to the level best. It offers you great torque and the power remains adequate.

This engine is good to drive in the city traffic as its torque converts into a good pickup. Hence, your bumper to bumper traffic will be relaxed. This engine comes mated with a 6-speed manual and torque converter automatic transmission.

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The automatic transmission in diesel isn’t anything special as the petrol counterpart receives more advanced units.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine is the relaxed one out of the two units on offer. Meant to be driven in not so agile manner, this engine is quite refined and drives like a charm to cut your daily traffic. Take it for a spin on highways and you’ll learn that the performance isn’t so defined there.

It has the option of 6-speed manual and CVT or IVT gearbox options. Both the transmissions are smooth and add rigidity to the drive, I would love to be behind the manual one.

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Ride, Handling, Safety and Suspension

Creta Facelift has a softer unit of suspensions. Well, it came as a no surprise cause Hyundai has always planted softer units in cars.

Though this may throw you out of the track while on the hills or twists, you’ll feel a very firm grip while cruising on the straight roads.

This means, your ride quality will be a notch higher than the outgoing model and you can expect more fun from the Hyundai Creat 2020. If you are upgrading from any other Hyundai car (below Creta lineup), you’d feel a refreshed yet familiar ride quality which adds comfort to your ride and small potholes won’t bother you at all.

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2020 Hyundai Creta Turbo Petrol has Paddle Shifters.

Starting from the base model that retails for around Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom, the Creta 2020 comes mated to a big list of safety features. The top ranging variant comes assisted with ABS, EBD, ESP, Hill Assist Control, 6 Airbags, parking sensor and camera, Burglar Alarm, etc.

There are all 4 disc brakes in the higher trims while the lowers ones have the drums at the rear. Need not to worry, the brakes are highly efficient and brings you standstill adequately.

Hyundai Creta Vs Competitors

Creta Competitors are very literate and know the fierce competition they have received in the name of Hyundai Creta. Creta has retained its charm while standing against the most satisfyingly built Tata Harrier. It also locks horns with its brother from another mother Kia Seltos, and the not so popular Nissan Kicks which has got a new engine recently that generates 156 PS of power.

Creta, of course, has an edge over its competitors and can fight them off just due to its name and legacy behind, the counterparts are from some learned universities and houses way powerful and frugal engines.

Buy it or leave it?

The decision to make here will be based on the features and equipment on offer. Tata Harrier is way solid built, but it has no petrol engine. Also, it has Hyundai-sourced automatic transmission for a Fiat-sourced engine.

It’ll be your choice if you have been dreaming about a Tata Safari all your life or you want a Range Rover category vehicle that has a power-packed performance.

Kia Seltos is exactly the same vehicle with few minor and major change. Though both cars have different dimensions and they don’t look even close to each other, Seltos seems to be a luxurious version of its Sporty sibling, Creta.

As an individual vehicle, the Creta standout with its mature looks which may not gel up with everyone’s taste. Feature choices make it a win-win product, however, the engine options that’l be loved are 1.5-Diesel and 1.4 Turbo Petrol.

Apart from design and looks, you’ll decide your pick out of Creta and Seltos on the basis of paddle-shifters, their names, and Panoramic Sunroof.

If you need them all, go for Creta. For anything different, you have options. Also, you’ll get the turbo petrol with Manual only in Seltos.

The Nissan Kicks is not at all popular in India and you may not look at it while deciding your car. It has got a new engine which seems to be promising but as a package, it can’t beat the Koreans. But if you are still interested, let me know this so that I can review it for you.

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